“I have always felt that time passes more slowly in Chile,” says Patricio Guzmán early in “The Cordillera of Dreams” (La Cordillera de los Sueños), which premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
The latest film by the Chilean-born, Paris-based director is positioned as the final installment in a trilogy that also includes his late-career triumphs “Nostalgia for the Light” (Nostalgia de la Luz, 2010) and “The Pearl Button” (El Botón de Nácar, 2015).
Like them, “The Cordillera of Dreams” uses Chile’s natural beauty as a starting point for a reflection on the country’s past and present, including the scars of Augusto Pinochet’s 17-year dictatorship and its attendant murders, disappearances, and forced exiles.
Working with an essayist blend of original and archival footage, interviews, and voiceover, the film is explicitly concerned with the passage of time, and how such distance serves to both forestall justice for the crimes of the past and risk supporting their reemergence.
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